“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.”
– Chinese proverb
“The one who speaks truth would be expelled from nine villages.”
– Turkish proverb
É de pequenino que se torce o pepino.
“It’s when it’s small that the cucumber gets warped.”
- Meaning: Bad habits acquired during early life last long; children should learn moral habits from a tender age.
- Ganho, Ana Sofia; McGovern, Timothy Michael (2004). Using Portuguese: A Guide to Contemporary Usage. Cambridge University Press. p. 89.
A necessidade não tem lei, mas a da fome sobre todas pode.
“Necessity has no law.”
- English equivalent: idem.
- Mawr, E.B. (1885). Analogous Proverbs in Ten Languages. p. 60.
Muita palha e pouco grão.
“Much ado about nothing.”
- English equivalent: Much bran and little meal.
- Strauss, Emanuel (1994). “178”. Dictionary of European Proverbs. II. Routledge. p. 173.
Quem não arrisca não petisca.
“He who doesn’t take a chance won’t nibble.”
- Meaning: If you don’t try, or take the risk, you can’t have any profit.
- English Equivalent: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
- Taylor, Martin (1970). A Portuguese-English dictionary: revised. University Press. p. 72.